South Shore Arts presents a Chris Cosnowski retrospective

2013-06-21T00:00:00Z South Shore Arts presents a Chris Cosnowski retrospectiveBy Times Staff
June 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MUNSTER | South Shore Arts is presenting SUPER-ficial! A Chris Cosnowski Retrospective through Sept. 2 in the gallery at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts 1040 Ridge Road.

A reception for the artist will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday during the free Family Arts Festival at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

Regular hours for viewing this exhibition are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

SUPER-ficial! is the fourth installment of South Shore Arts’ Outstanding Midwest Artist Series, this installment features contemporary Chicago painter Chris Cosnowski, who depicts Americana in a photo-realistic style, producing paintings that are at once lifelike in detail and humorous in concept.

“Trophies and plastic figures make up the primary subject matter of my work," Cosnowski said. "These cast, monochromatic figurines are reminiscent of classical sculptures, as well as being quintessential objects of Americana. Coins, stamps, bullets, balloons, patches, jacks, etc., are some of the other trinkets that find their way into my bins. Collecting (I should say amassing) these objects is an integral part of the creative process for me.”

Finally, there is a tension between the difficulty of the realistic painting style that the artist employs and the silliness of his subject matter. The ridiculousness becomes a point of focus.

Cosnowski received his master's in painting from Northwestern University and his bachelor's degree in illustration from Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. He has been a member of the American Academy of Art faculty since 2003 and currently teaches figure drawing and painting.

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